National Women’s History Month

Also:  Irish-American and Greek-American Heritage Month, National Nutrition Month and American Red Cross Month

is an annual declared month in the United States that highlights  contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The event traces its beginnings to the first International Women's Day in 1911.  In 1979, the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day).  In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of the event, Congress passed a resolution recognizing Women's History Month.

2nd - Read Across America (Dr. Seuss’s Birthday) – an initiative created by the NEA honoring the 20th century’s famous children’s author.  "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

8th - International Women’s Day (United Nations) – celebrates women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.  It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

17th - St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland, United States) – an annual feast day which celebrates St. Patrick, the most commonly recognized of Ireland’s patron saints.

20th - First Day of Spring


20-21st - Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year) – Persian national festival celebrating the Iranian New Year.  The festival lasts for thirteen days and is a time of renewal and joy.

24th - Rama Navami (Hindu) – celebration of the birth of the hero of the religious epic poem Ramayana, Lord Rama.

28th - Palm Sunday (Christian) – the sixth and last day of Lent, commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and begins Holy Week (week before Easter).

29th - Apr 5th - Passover* (Jewish) – an eight day holiday recognizing the liberation of the children of Israel from Egypt.

*Begins at Sunset

UAB Special Events

March - Women's History Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, research guides,